Indonesia commences capital relocation to Nusantara, embraces Smart City Tech

Indonesia Smart City Tech

The Indonesian government, through its cabinet-level agency, Nusantara National Capital Authority (NNCA), has announced the initiation of the first phase of relocating its capital to Nusantara.

The project’s peak is forecasted for 2024, culminating in the construction of a government complex, extensive public infrastructure, and more in the fifth phase.

In March, a private joint consortium ‘One Team Korea’, led by the Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, emerged as the winning bidders for Indonesia’s mega projects.

Smart city digital twin service provider E8IGHT, noted for its pioneering role in Korea’s national pilot city projects, Sejong and Busan Eco Delta, presented a detailed plan for a digital twin environment to support the Indonesian capital city’s relocation.

E8IGHT’s proposal includes the application of smart city digital twin technology at the urban development stage. It encompasses the integration of spatial information through a city’s 3D geographic information system (GIS) combined with building information modeling (BIM).

This approach allows urban design, construction, and operation elements to be simulated, offering predictive insights and informing policy decisions.

To combat Indonesia’s traffic congestion, which the National Development Planning Agency reports as causing an annual economic loss of nearly USD 4.7 billion, E8IGHT proposed traffic situation simulations.

By capturing and simulating real-time conditions on a digital twin framework, an optimized traffic model can be developed.

The new capital Nusantara, striving to be a ‘sustainable, forest city’, plans for over 75% of the area to be green space and maintain a total carbon-neutral stance. E8IGHT highlighted a smart city service offering natural disaster prevention using simulation technology.

They intend to simulate phenomena like typhoons, heavy rain, and fine dust in a 3D model city to aid in planning and contingency measures.

Jin Kim, E8IGHT’s CEO, emphasized the role of digital twin technology in creating an effective smart city. Grand View Research reported the Indonesian smart city market size as being around USD 9.8 billion in 2020, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7% for the period of 2021-2028.